Temeraire #5. Author: Naomi Novik.
It is a grim time for the dragon Temeraire. On the heels of his mission to Africa, seeking the cure for a deadly contagion, he has been removed from military service – and his captain, Will Laurence, has been condemned to death for treason. For Britain, conditions are grimmer still: Napoleon’s resurgent forces
have breached the Channel and successfully invaded English soil. Napoleon’s prime objective: the occupation of London.
Separated by their own government and threatened at every turn by Napoleon’s forces, Laurence and Temeraire must struggle to find each other amid the turmoil of war and to aid the resistance against the invasion before Napoleon’s foothold on England’s shores can become a stranglehold.
If only they can be reunited, master and dragon might rally Britain’s scattered forces and take the fight to the enemy as never before – for king and country, and for their own liberty. But can the French aggressors be well and truly routed, or will a treacherous alliance deliver Britain into the hands of her
would-be conquerors? (Published summary.)
Sexual content: Dragon character is sent to the mating grounds, where dragons out of service live and breed. Although the actual act isn’t described on scene, he mentions that various female dragons are sent to him. Woman says “Yes, I sent for him. And you may leave off your insinuations – if I wanted a man between my legs so badly, there are plenty of handsome young fellows.”
Language: 68 d***, 2 derogatory, 2 F-
Violence: Sea battle between ships. Drunken men brawl. Dragons fight in mid air with tooth, claw, and sometimes flame/acid. Men fall from battling dragons to their death. Man is shot and killed. An unarmed man is killed by soldiers sneaking into his house.